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Hi i had a perianal abscess back in sept although its getting much better it still drains from time to time. my surgeon said it will eventually heal?

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Dr. Dwain Rickertsen answered

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It will take time but eventually heal. Follow his advice. Antibiotic may be needed , frequent cleansing and occasionally surgery.

Answered Apr 21, 2014

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Dr. Bahman Omrani answered

Specializes in Pain Management

The problem may be complicated by a fistula (an abnormal communication between the anal canal and perianal skin). Discussing the possibility of a fistula formation with the surgeon or obtaining a second opinion from a colorectal surgeon is a consideration.

Answered Apr 8, 2013

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Dr. Charles Davant answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If he doesn't think you need to have a pilonidal cyst excised it will probably heal. If it wasn't draining, the secretions would accumulate and you'd have a cyst. Always trust a surgeon who doesn't want to operate.

Answered Apr 7, 2013

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Dr. Rafael Lugo answered

Specializes in General Surgery

The question is if you have. Fistula or connection to the inside of the anus or rectum that could be causing it to drain. This can only be determine by exam only.

Answered Mar 6, 2015

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Dr. Daniel Conway answered

Specializes in General Surgery

Peri rectal abscesses arise from the crypt glands at the top of the anal canal. External drainage takes care of the immediate infection. About 60% of these heal after drainage. Persistent drainage beyond a month of so is suggestive an anal fistula. These require surgery. Colorectal surgeons and most general surgeons can evaluate and treat this problem.

Answered Aug 29, 2016

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